So you know how for years people have been asking when Lady Julia was going to be made into a TV series and I always said, “I don’t know”? Well, now I do. I am THRILLED to announce that the Julia Grey series has been optioned by Barry Ryan at Free@Last TV! I’m sorry, I just had to put that last bit in bold because IT IS SO FREAKING FABULOUS. I know you’re going to have a barrel of questions, most of which I still can’t answer, but I’ll take a stab at what I suspect will be the FAQs:
*I have no idea/input about casting. (That’s entirely in Barry’s capable hands.)
*I don’t know a timeline. (It’s early days yet!)
*I don’t know about US television. (Free@Last plans to make it as a series for British television and hopefully sell it on to other markets–which means it’s entirely possible for it to end up here, but again–early days!)
*This does not mean more Lady Julia books. (At least not yet. Is it possible? Certainly, if the series gets made and goes gangbusters, I might have publishers knocking down my door to bring back the series. WHICH WOULD BE LOVELY. But at this stage, we can’t count on anything.)
And there’s the usual caveat that an option doesn’t mean a series is definitely being made. Production companies frequently purchase options of things they would LIKE to make; doesn’t mean they always get the opportunity. A million and one factors come into play in creating a TV series that actually airs and the process can go awry at any stage. However, Barry has an excellent track record of shepherding his projects through–his latest is the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton!
So, there you go, chickens–AMAZING, WONDERFUL, STUPENDOUS news! This deal has been in the works since last April and we just popped the cork a week ago, so it’s been a long time coming. I am beyond thrilled that I can finally tell you. Let the celebrations commence!